The Great Taste of Corona, CA June 7th, 2008

Saturday, June 7, 2008 - 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
1250 Corona Pointe Court, Corona, CA 92879


Fundraising Event Hosted by:

Corona Fire Safety Foundation (CFSF)
Corona Police Community Partnership (CPCP)

Purchase tickets April 15 to June 6 online or at the Corona Police Dept. Main Station • 849 W. Sixth St., Corona Fire Dept. Headquarters, 1st Floor of City Hall • 400 S. Vicentia Ave., or any CPCP or CFSF board member

Information Line: (951) 739-4979or E-mail Becky Gunnoe

Corona Cinco De Mayo Celebration May 3, 2008


Contestants must be a full time student attending a high school in the Corona Norco Unified School District. Grades 9-12. Participants will sell raffle tickets for a donation of $1.00 to raise funds for scholarships. Each contestant will receive a tiara and a certificate of participation. The young lady who raises the most money is crowned Queen of the parade and fiesta. In addition, the winners of the contest will receive the following: Queen will receive a $400 cash prize, a trophy, sash, bouquet of roses, plus other prizes. lst runner up- & 2nd runner up - will also receive a place trophy, a bouquet of flowers, plus other prizes. This is a great opportunity to build up your self confidence and this experience can help you when you fill out that work application or resumes. Download the application, fill out and mail. A meeting will be held to go over contest rules at the Corona Public Library in March of 2007 (date to be announced). Contact: Celia Saldana at (951) 734-5850.

Proceeds raised from the Queen Contest help in awarding scholarships to high school seniors graduating from the Corona Norco Unified School District. The Committee is in partnership with the Riverside Community Foundation Serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties who oversees the distribution of the scholarships to the recipient’s choice of school. Applications are available at all high schools within the Corona Norco Unified School District. Contact your school counselor or call: Grace Bosquez at (951) 279-8904

We invite all local youth groups, church groups, businesses, dance classes, equestrian and car
clubs to participants in this colorful and enjoyable parade for the whole family. Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. at the corner of Sixth and Merrill Streets, east on Sixth Street ending at Rimpau Ave. Download the application or contact: Richard Hernandez at (951) 279-1353

Do a fund raiser for your club, your church. Businesses are invited to have a booth and advertise your business. Fiesta begins at City Park from 11:00:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Entertainment throughout the day. Download the application or contact Johnnie Huerta at (951) 688-4778

Car Show / Exhibit
Also at City Park a car show and exhibit line up at the ball field area to show off low-riders, bikes and antique cars and motorcycles. Come and see these beautiful exhibits of chrome, color, sparkles and most of pride of the owners showing off their workmanship. Download the application or contact Bea Garcia @ (951) 545-3416.

If you need community service hours we can use your help. The Cinco de Mayo Parade and Fiesta on Saturday, May 3, 2008.
The following are areas where you may volunteer:
Parade staging – 7:00 a.m. to 10:a.m.
Parade Route – 10: a.m. to 12 Noon
Fiesta set-up – 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Work at the Children’s Fun Zone – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (we will assign 2 hr slots)
Tear down after fiesta 6-7:00 p.m.
Please call 951.279.1353 or e-mail @

Thank you for your interest.


Though the new music scene has been decimated by the ‘powers that be’, some avenues of unbridled creativity remain, to be enjoyed with wine as expressed in a conversation with Michael Paulo earlier this week. On May 3rd & May 4th (Sat and Sun) out at the Vail Lake Resort, 38000 Highway 79 south (now called Temecula Parkway by some locals) between the hours of 11:30AM – 6PM, folks and visitors will be treated to some of the most excellent jazz available nationally and internationally, along with some of the finest wine available anywhere, all grown from the local vineyards which abound in T-town. Proceeds from this festival will go to “All from The Heart,” a Temecula based non-profit charity that helps out military families in need of assistance hereabouts. Michael Paulo, an artist originally from Hawaii who has been involved in ‘Dolphin Days’ (Hawaii) for the last 14 years, moved to Murrieta five years ago. “I wanted to bring in national, well established (jazz) music acts (here) because I looked around and saw nothing like it when I moved (to town). With all the musicians and industry connections I have, it was not hard to get (the music festival) started.” When asked about past roadblocks and official hoops to jump through from the ‘music Nazis’, Michael replied, “I had no dealings with the city(s) because (the festival) was held at wineries.” The line-up for the 4th Annual T-town Jazz Festival this year is:

Saturday May 3

· The World Peace Orchestra featuring Jimmy Haslip, Russell Ferrante, Walfredo Reyes, Steve Forman, Roger Burns, Andy Suzuki with

· Indonesian Jazz superstar Dwiki Dharmawan

· The Air Force Reserve Jazz Band

· Guitarist Marc Antoine (nominated for Latin Jazz Album of the Year)

· Grammy Award winner vocalist Jody Watley accompanied by

· Chart topping pianist Brian Simpson

· Headliners multi platinum group Average White Band

Sunday May 4

· Keyboardist Allen Hewitt

· Japanese Saxophonist Kanzaki

· The Perri Sisters

· Vocalist/composer Kiki Ebsen

· Local teen sensation rock violinist Antonio Pontarelli

· Guitarist Steve Oliver

· Grammy Award guitarist Paul Brown w/ Phillipe Saisse & surprise guest TBA

· Chieli Minucci from Special EFX

· Headliners Grammy winner vocalist James Ingram, Everette Harp (Saxophonist) and Michael Paulo

Take that, Harry Jacob Anslinger!! To everyone else, be there this weekend

Readers say ‘Inland Empire’ pure California dreamin’; The Press Enterprise incites criticism about one of its own!

A week ago, this space was devoted to Jeff Girod, a Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise columnist. He trashed North Dakota, a frequent target for scribes worldwide who don’t have an original column idea.

Our state is always available as a fallback humor option, just like President Bush is for late-night television hosts.

Girod poked fun — legitimately so — that North Dakota’s tourism guide highlights that visitors should learn about sodbusters. But he also was nasty with other barbs, such as suggesting that the state motto is: “North Dakota — at least we’re not Canada.” That’s an insult to our Canadian friends who visit often and are nice enough to leave money behind.

Based on the robust feedback I’ve received via e-mail in the past week, perhaps a more fitting state motto is this: “North Dakota — at least we’re not Riverside.”

Most responses didn’t come from North Dakotans defending their frozen turf, but rather from people familiar with Riverside and Riverside County. You see, Riverside is Exhibit A in proving that California is not all beaches, sunshine, palm trees, movie stars and tanned-and-toned bodies.

Saying it best was Todd Miller, who grew up in Grand Forks and lived four years in the Riverside area, which is known as The Inland Empire. Miller now lives in Orange County, a beautiful and well-heeled coastal area, but still works in Riverside.

“The Inland Empire is a desert wasteland with the worst air quality in the country,” he said. “The summer heat is stifling, and the air color is frequently brown and has the quality of a coal mine.

“The largest industry in the Inland Empire is garage crystal methamphetamine production, and some of the biggest employers are local gangs with national and international connections. The local traffic conditions are an embarrassment. A home in the IE, if you bought one two years ago, has lost about 40 percent of its value.”

Miller said the Inland Empire is the butt of more jokes than North Dakota, Montana, Norway and Poland combined. Except for his trips to and from work, he embraces Southern California with its therapeutic effects of the soothing sea breeze and spectacular seascapes. He’s not moving back here. But . . .

“When gridlock is intolerable, and the rat race is overwhelming, I often find myself escaping back to a calm July evening, sitting on my deck surrounded by several acres of land watching a gorgeous sunset over a pristine wheat field enveloped in profound silence.”

North Dakota has its drawbacks, Miller said, but the bottom line is this: “In no shape or form would any Riverside columnist have any justification for insinuating some sort of superiority complex over North Dakota.”

Yes, this would be like me mocking short men. Or chubby men. Or men who need nuclear telescopes to find their hairline.

Others had the same tone as Miller. For instance:

Steve Velaski, former Grand Forks resident now living in Arizona: “Riverside is a pit — hot, dirty, crime-ridden, inhabited by dirt bikers and George Bush supporters. I wouldn’t stop there to go to the bathroom.”

Michael Lopez, a UND graduate student who grew up in Davis, Calif., suggests Girod is merely grumpy because “he’s probably stuck in traffic, choking on smog and thinking a sodbuster just might not be that bad.”

Bob Pfeifer, a current San Diego resident who served at bases in Grand Forks and Riverside when he was in the Air Force: “Riverside is one of the worst areas for smog. My son had a bad case of asthma when we lived there.”

Ken Reed, a former Grand Forks Air Force Base airman who now lives in Florida: “I still consider Grand Forks County as home, even more so than the small town in New Hampshire where I grew up. In both places, everyone knew everyone else and greeted you with a smile and a wave. You didn’t have to lock your doors. Your kids were safe to walk to school or to play outside after school. The pace of life was much slower and calmer. Florida is where you live out your life. Places like North Dakota are where you live your life.”

Finally, this from Neil Elvick of Folsom, Calif., referring to famous columnist Dave Barry having a Grand Forks lift station named after him: “Why not name the new Grand Forks refuse disposal site after Girod?”

Dog Bakery Gone Wild

Jackboy's Dog Bakery is joining Precious Purrs & Paws, Inc., a non-profit, no-kill animal sanctuary located in Gloucester, Virginia, in their Dogs Gone Wild event this May 10th to raise dog adoption awareness and celebrate the companionship our dogs provide us.

Jackboy's Dog Bakery is joining Precious Purrs & Paws, Inc., a non-profit, no-kill animal sanctuary located in Gloucester, Virginia, in their upcoming annual Dogs Gone Wild event to raise dog adoption awareness and celebrate the companionship our dogs provide us everyday. Jackboy's Dog Bakery is donating gourmet treats straight from their kitchen, company Frisbees, and fridge magnets as their little way of extending their support miles away. The company believes in giving back to the community and spends 80% of their advertising budget on supporting good causes as this one.

This dog bakery is committed to helping homeless and needy dogs all over the nation. "We rather spend our money in worthy causes such as this Dogs Done Wild, Corona Animal Shelter Dog Wash and Paws 4 Hope Bowling for Cancer awareness events than paying some advertising agents to get our name out there," expressed Athena Yap, President of Jackboy's Dog Bakery. This dog bakery feels that it is important to stretch their budget and feels good knowing that their money does not just go into the pocket of some corporation.

We rather spend our money in worthy causes such as this Dogs Done Wild, Corona Animal Shelter Dog Wash and Paws 4 Hope Bowling for Cancer awareness events than paying some advertising agents to get our name out there Jackboy's Dog Bakery uses all natural human grade ingredients and uses no animal by-products, no added chemical preservatives, no artificial coloring and no artificial flavor. USDA approved ingredients including meat, fish and diary products are used in their treats and baking mixes. "Because dogs have special dietary needs and health tolerance, salt is cut out, fattening sugary icing or decorations is kept to a minimum, and only minimal amount of vegetable oil or unsalted butter necessary is used in their bakery items." explained Athena. This dog bakery has been the source of wholesome fancy treats for owners of dogs with special dietary needs and many others who just want to feel good spoiling their dogs.

Treats and baking mixes are being sold at the company's website and a local pet spa, The Paw Spa located at 320 S. Main Street, Corona, CA.

About Jackboy's Dog Bakery LLC:
Jackboy's Dog Bakery LLC is a bakery of all natural, human grade gourmet dog treats and baking mixes for dog owners to get involved in baking their own healthy dog treats. The company was founded on the principle of supplying the means to reduce the consumption of potentially harmful chemicals and additives in commercially mass-produced dog treats. The company's mission is to deliver healthy and wholesome dog treats while cultivating the bond between dogs, owners and their families. This dog bakery also assists individuals, private companies and organizations who rescue or provide shelter for abused and neglected animals.

Athena Yap, President Jackboy's Dog Bakery LLC
athena @

Children's Health Comes First With Launch of New Organic Junior Water From Hansen's Natural; Corona, CA

For parents looking to add more water to their toddlers' and preschoolers' diet, Hansen's Natural, a leading marketer of natural and alternative beverages, launched the new Organic Junior Water beverage. Flavored with just a splash of juice, Hansen's Organic Junior Water keeps kids happy with taste and parents happy with ingredients. Featuring beloved children's icon Clifford the Big Red Dog*, the new product line is USDA Certified Organic and packaged in a 4.23 fl.oz aseptic box that fits perfectly into little hands.

Hansen's Organic Junior Water offers young children 100 percent of their daily vitamin C requirement and contains no preservatives and no artificial colors. Each serving has less calories and sugar than other children's beverages and is available in three popular children's flavors: berry, fruit punch and tropical.

"Parents are looking for organic, healthier options for their children," said Jaime Phan, senior brand manager, Hansen's Natural. "They want to ensure that the flavored water beverage they give their young kids tastes great and contains the best natural ingredients."

"I'm a mother of 2 and I can attest to the constant struggle to get my kids to drink more water," said Claire Gallacher, from Walnut Creek, California. "They don't enjoy the taste of plain water so Hansen's Organic Junior Water is the perfect solution and very convenient when we're on-the-go."

Light and flavorful, Hansen's Organic Junior Water combines taste with nutrition for parents and children alike. Hansen's Natural understands that it's important for young children to stay hydrated as they maneuver the playground and discover the world around them.

Hansen's Organic Junior Water beverage will begin shipping this May to major grocery and natural food stores nationwide and the products will appear on shelves this summer.

About Hansen Natural Corporation

For more than 70 years, Hansen's Natural has provided consumers with superior quality and delicious, healthy and natural beverages. Consumers can trust the quality of our ingredients as Hansen's Natural brand products are free of preservatives and contain no artificial colors or flavors. Based in Corona, Calif., Hansen's Natural markets and distributes Hansen's Natural Sodas, Hansen's Natural Sparkling Refreshment, fruit juice Smoothies, Junior Juice, iced teas, juice cocktails, apple juice and juice blends, Blue Sky beverages and Fizzit.

Please visit or for more information.

* Clifford the Big Red Dog is a registered trademark under license by Scholastic Entertainment, Inc.

Blogger's Perspective: My Thoughts on the 2008 Green Valley Earth Festival

Editor's Note: This is not necessarily the shared opinion of this Blog.

So Earth Day came and went this past week, and with it came everyone’s yearly attempt to make a difference. Sadly, for many this effort only lasts the week of earth day. Regardless I was happy to see that my hometown of Corona, California decided to do its part and host an earth day festival. Unfortunately my enthusiasm ended after the idea itself, as the event turned out to be quite a disappointment.

The Green Valley Earth Festival was put on by GIVE (Green Institute for Village Empowerment) and held on April 19th at one of Corona’s newest developments; Dos Lagos. The bulk of the event took place in the heart of Dos Lagos in some grassy patches just past the centers two lakes. And featured a number of booths purchased by local groups and vendors, and a performance/symposium in the centers amphitheater.

The event was advertised as having vendors there who were out to promote Green Living and their efforts to better the environment. Sadly, about 50% of what I saw there was made up of local businesses looking for nothing more than to get their name out there. Furthermore, my wife and I arrived at about the midpoint of the event and it appeared that many of the vendors that had booths had either already packed up and left or simply never showed. Many booths displayed signs for vendors, but nothing was actually displayed at the booth, nor was anyone there to promote a product or service.

Fortunately, the handful of green living and environmental groups that were there had some very useful information and were actually worth the little bit of time my wife and I spent at the event.

GIVE itself actually had a very friendly and very knowledgeable young girl working their booth. The girl gave us a lot of information about the organization that both my wife and I had never heard of. The organization, which strives to educate and promote sustainable lifestyles put on the event and though the event itself was a disappointment their efforts to spread their message were successful and I am now quite interested in what the organization has to offer.

Another great organization that we talked with was The Sierra Club. I had heard of the organization before, but never really knew what they did or what their purpose was. The folks working the booth were very friendly and provided us with a lot of information related to The Sierra Club and its events. They discussed the advantages of becoming a member and talked about the local hikes that members often take as part of being the club. Their overall presentation was great, and again this is definitely something I am going to be looking into further.

A handful of other organizations and companies also captured my interest, but not nearly as well as GIVE and The Sierra Club. Southern California Edison was on site giving out energy saving light bulbs to their customers, The Gas Company provided water saving shower heads and faucet adapters to its customers, and the California Department of Conservation provided some interesting information on recycling and land protection, as well as some interesting information on children’s recycling programs.

There were a number of other vendors that were in fact green living related, but since my wife and I don’t own a home yet they weren’t of much use to us. However, the remaining booths were simply local businesses hocking their wares and services. Chiropractics, massages, wine, and a hobby store, don’t exactly fit into the Green Living or environmental categories as far as I’m concerned and sadly the majority of the booths consisted of garbage like this or were simply empty.

My recommendation for next year, try harder to market the event to businesses and services related to the festivals subject matter. Maybe even filter out businesses like Hobbytown USA who offer nothing to the environment as a business. I’m sure they dumped you some money for the booth, but honestly they didn’t provide me with anything of relevance to why I came to the event. More people than ever are finally realizing the impact we have on the planet and our local communities. If GIVE is committed to education then provide us with as many resources as possible at events like this. I appreciate your work and I appreciate what your organization does, but next year let’s try and make the event more educational and resourceful.

Wine Styles open at the Eastvale Gateway

Date: May 09, 2008 (Fri)
Time: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Cost: free

Place: Wine Styles Eastvale
12411 Limonite Ave 600
Mira Loma, CA 91752

Norco, CA Hamptom Inn is Now Open for business!!!

Hampton Inn - Now Open
1530 Hamner Avenue
Norco, Ca 92860

Telephone 951-279-1111

Memorable comeback; Riverside, CA

The 6th Annual Riverside International Film Festival 2008, Riverside, CA ended its 10 day run on Sunday April 20 with the screening of "Kadachit", a psychological drama that questions the validity of human perception; starring Ashvini Bhave, Sachin Khedekar and directed by Chandrakant Kulkarni.

Producer and lead actress, Ashvini Bhave was available for a question and answer session immediately following the showing of the film. Ashvini Bhave is an Indian actress from Maharashtra. She is a versatile actress and has been a lead as well as a character actress. Her career spanned from the mid-eighties to 1998.

She has worked in many Marathi and Hindi films. After getting married to a software engineer Kishore Bopadikar, she relocated to San Francisco, USA, where she currently lives with her two children. She is a graduate from Academy of Art University film school in San Francisco. After a 10-year hiatus from the silver screen, Bhave returns in 'Kadachit', in the lead role.

The movie has earned rave reviews for it's story and the stunning performance of Ashvini and the other actors. The closing night film was followed by Award Reception held at the 'Citrus City Grill' at the Riverside Plaza; the event was attended by a large number of Moviegoers, Film makers, Directors, Sponsors, City officials and RIFF members; the event was an exceptional cinematic after party with free-flowing food and drink and dancing.

Kishori Reddy, Vice President for RIFF said she and the RIFF organizers (Dr Dhillon, President and Nancy Douglas, Programer) were very pleased with the event, screening over 90 films; shorts, features and documentaries, twice the number of films from last year and from about 22 countries.

She adds we have new sponsors this year, Riverside Plaza, Regal Cinemas and repeating sponsors who stepped up this year; the Riverside Arts Council co sponsored the 'Closing Award's Night' and Riverside Human Relations Commission sponsored Thursday Night and presented "Passing Poston:

An American Story" she adds. Kishori Reddy also serves on the Board of Riverside International Council and is a leading member of Hyderabad (India) Sister City committee to help develop greater relationship between the two cities.

Kishori resides in Riverside with her husband K Basi Reddy, CEO of 'Digiquest Studio'. DigiQuest Studio is committed to promoting independent digital filmmaking around the world.

As part of this effort, for the third consecutive year, DigiQuest Studio is offering a competitive award for a first-rate independent film (feature/ short/ documentary) that is selected by DigiQuest Jury.

Owens hoping for shot in NFL; Corona, CA

A few days prior to perhaps the biggest weekend of his life Fairmont State’s Jacob Owens appears cool, calm and collected.

But you just know inside the youngster has to be riddled with anticipation.

Still Owens, a standout defensive end for the Falcons who hails from tiny Franklin nestled among the beautiful mountains of Pendleton County, is a realist.

The National Football League Draft will be held Saturday and Sunday and Owens’ name keeps surfacing on draft sites as a small school player to watch. He’s rated as the 43rd best defensive end in the nation out of 162 prospects on NFL Draft and 46th out of 76 defensive ends on Pro Football

And the calls keep coming.

“I just missed a call from the (Miami) Dolphins,” said Owens minutes prior to doing this interview. “Had my phone on vibrate. Oh well, I called them back and left a message. The (Philadelphia) Eagles called yesterday (Tuesday) and I talked to them.”

In addition, recent phone calls have also been placed to either Owens or his agent Ty Barnes of Corona, Ca. by Kansas City, Baltimore, Buffalo and others.

“There’s been a good many teams showing an interest in me, but I really don’t know what’s going to happen this weekend,” said Owens, who would at best be a late-round draft selection on Sunday, but in all likelihood will sign a free agent contract sometime in the near future. “I’m not getting my hopes up. I mean it would be awesome to get drafted don’t get me wrong, but I’m also pretty realistic about what’s going on.

“Dave Rogers (FSU’s director of football operations) keeps joking with me telling me I’m going to be Mr. Irrelevant. Hey, that would be fine with me, but I’m not really counting on that. What I am counting on is getting into some camps, signing a free agent deal and getting with a team which needs defensive linemen and one which would be the best fit for me.”

Mr. Irrelevant is the tongue-in-cheek title bestowed upon the final selection of the NFL Draft. This year the St. Louis Rams are scheduled to make the final pick in the draft.

This fall a plethora of NFL scouts made their way to Fairmont to watch Owens in practice and on film. They also gave him advice which he’s been following this semester, while finishing work on his degree in exercise science which he is expected to receive in May.

“The basic thing they all told me was they wanted to see me get bigger, stronger and faster,” said Owens, a first-team All-West Virginia Conference selection for FSU who finished this past season with 44 tackles, including 12 for losses, five sacks, seven pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. “That’s pretty much what I’ve been working on the last several months.”

Since his FSU playing days ended in November Owens, who turned in solid performances in both the East Coast Bowl and the Cactus Bowl, which is the premiere Division II All-Star game, has added eight pounds to his 6-5 frame and now weighs in at 280. He runs the 40 in 4.9, but noted that he still needs to improve in that area. At a recent pro scout workout session at WVU Owens bench pressed 225 pounds 26 times, but he wasn’t satisfied with that.

“I should’ve been able to do at least 30 reps,” he said. “I was disappointed with that, but at that time I wasn’t concentrating a lot on the bench. Right now I’m a lot better.

“Personally I’m never satisfied with where I’m at as a player. I always feel I can do better.”

Owens’ maximum bench press is 450 pounds and his maximum squat is 635 pounds.

His progression toward becoming a possible NFL prospect took a leap forward last summer when he interned at West Virginia University under former strength coach Mike Barwis. A few months ago Owens spent two weeks at the University of Michigan working with Barwis and former FSU strength coach Josh Ison, who is now an assistant strength coach for the Wolverines.

When Sunday rolls around Owens says he’ll be in Fairmont and he’ll keep an eye on the NFL Draft, although he won’t stay glued to the television.

“I’ll keep tabs on it, but I seriously don’t expect to hear my name called,” he said. “All I want is a chance. Right now I’m just playing a waiting game.”

Upcoming Events at The Promenade Shops at Dos Lagos

April 25
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Marian Marie - Live
Dos Lagos Amphitheater

April 26
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Hector Jimenez
Dos Lagos Amphitheater

May 1
5:00 - 9:00 PM
Girls Night Out
Banana Republic/Castles & Cottages

May 9
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Legacy - Live
Dos Lagos Amphitheater

May 11
9AM - 12PM
Cool Cars & Classic Rides
The Promenade Shops at Dos Lagos

May 14
6:30PM - 8PM
Safety Workshop
Recycling/Waste Mngnt.
Dos Lagos Amphitheater

May 16
6:30 - 8:30PM
Riverside Blues Club
Dos Lagos Amphitheater

Riverside, CA prepares for SR-91 lane closures this weekend

Nighttime drivers should plan for traffic slowdowns on the SR-91 at the La Sierra Avenue interchange this weekend.

Construction of temporary bridge support for the La Sierra overpass will require the closure of all westbound 91 lanes as well as eastbound HOV lane from 11 p.m., Friday, until 5 a.m., Saturday. On Saturday night, all lanes of eastbound 91 and the westbound HOV will close from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m., Sunday.

During the closures, traffic will be detoured off the freeway onto the La Sierra Avenue exit and then immediately back onto 91 using the on-ramp. California Highway Patrol and Freeway Service Patrol will be there to assist and ease congestion.

La Sierra Avenue over the freeway will remain open during construction, although delays are expected. All businesses will remain accessible. Drivers should use alternate routes, such as Pierce, Magnolia or Tyler Streets, during the closures.

The $38 million project will replace the La Sierra Avenue bridges over both the freeway and the railroad tracks. New six-lane bridges across the freeway and railroad tracks will reduce traffic congestion on La Sierra. New dual left-turn lanes onto the freeway will make it easier for vehicles to access the 91, while ramps will be widened from two to three lanes.

The project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2009.

Come join us at a Safety Apparel + HANs Device Seminar in Corona, CA

Stand 21 and SCORE are holding a Safety Seminar at Eibach May 3rd from 9am -1pm in Corona, CA.

Stand21 is one of the premier manufacturers of safety apparel. Their gear is used in all top levels of racing. They produce everything you need from Helmets to Boots. Stand21's President, R&D Manager and a Professor they work with will be presenting the following topics:
1. Helmets
2. HANs
3. Firesuits
4. Heat Stress

The event will be at Eibach: 264 Mariah Circle, Corona 92879

We've reserved a few spots so pls RSVP by April 28. Come on out and learn more about safety considerations when you track or race your Sky or Solstice. Eibach will be providing a tour of their shop as well. SCORE is an offroad racing org but the topics covered will apply to us on-road junkies.

If you are interested in attending with us, please email Shinoo at to RSVP.

Sea No Evil Art Show Benefit - 2008 in Riverside, CA

Saturday July 12, 2008


Riverside Art Museum
3425 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501

We are excited to announce, this year the art show will be held at the
prestigious Riverside Art Museum in the historical downtown area of

On the night of July 12th, 2008, the art show will completely take over the
entire art museum, 3 floors, including a special guest playing music on the
roof (3rd floor). The first two floors will display donated art from noted
artists, available for purchase through silent auction bidding the night of
the show.

It promises to be an event to remember giving the opportunity to raise
increased awareness and funding for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Captain Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, will be
the featured speaker, giving an update on what is happening globally with
oceanic conservation.

Housing Price Declines Spread to 38 States in Feburary: Report

First American CoreLogic released its latest housing price index report for February on Tuesday, which found that housing prices continued to drop pretty steeply in key areas throughout the United States.

“Thirty-three states now show year-over-year real estate declines according to this latest LoanPerformance HPI release,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist for First American CoreLogic. “However, on a quarter-over-quarter basis, there are now thirty-eight states with decreasing property values.”

One month ago, thirty six states posted a price decline on a rolling quarter basis through January 2008 — suggesting that the worst of the nation’s housing price woes yet lie ahead. The CoreLogic report is based on data generated by First American subsidiary Loan Performance, and generates its housing price index data from 7,508 ZIP codes, 957 Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA) and 670 counties located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The company no longer reports pricing trends at the ZIP level to the press, and has said it makes that data only available to its subscribers.

From the data that was made available, the areas that posted the largest three month price declines during February included Cleveland, OH; Los Angeles, CA; Oakland, CA; Riverside, CA; and Tampa, FL — Cleveland alone saw prices drop 7.28 percent between December and February, according to the LoanPerformance data.

On the brighter side, Texas continued to rule the roost with four of the strongest housing markets in the nation, spanning Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin.

Fleming suggested that price declines in former bubble states may be moderating, while price declines in other markets could be accelerating.

“Regionally, it is notable that the three month declines in New York-White Plains, Philadelphia, Seattle, Detroit and Portland are steeper than the twelve month declines in these areas, whereas in California and Florida this pattern is reversed,” he said.

Mammoth Equities Completes Orange County- Inland Empire Gateway Professional Building

Mammoth Equities, LLC recently completed a 57,204 square foot multi-tenant professional building which is now ready for immediate occupancy. The building is located at the gateway of the Inland Empire and Orange County at Green River Road and Interstate 91.

The building is adjacent to one of Southern California's most heavily trafficked highways. Caltrans recently completed a $21 million expansion of the Green River Road overpass in anticipation of exceptional growth in the area. With the entrance to the 91 Express Lanes approximately one mile west of the property, Mammoth's tenants will undoubtedly reduce their commute time, travel related expenses and will improve their overall quality of life.

Mammoth Professional Building - Corona is a three-story, steel framed, 57,204 square foot Class A building. Similar to all Mammoth Professional Buildings, Mammoth Professional Building - Corona is designed around an elaborate central courtyard which includes lush landscaping and distinctive water features. Office suites are offered complete with all of the necessary amenities to start or continue a business.

The suites range in size from two to ten rooms and are ready for immediate occupancy. Each suite is fully equipped with its own air conditioning system and pre-wired for high-speed networking and phone access. A range of distinctive features creates an attractive, productive and prestigious working environment.

With more than three decades of experience, Mammoth Equities, LLC strives for excellence in the development, construction, acquisition and management of commercial real estate. The company focuses on providing office, retail and industrial space for the small business market, which accounts for more than 90% of America's business community. Mammoth Equities acquires existing properties and develops new properties in regions with a diversified economic base and long-term growth in population and income. Based in San Juan Capistrano, California, Mammoth Equities currently operates in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Texas. Visit for more information.

Check out Ryan Villopoto testing at his home track in Temecula, CA just before the start of the racing series!

Bob's Airport Cafe- Corona Airport

Step back in time at this great lunch spot located at the Corona, CA airport (AJO). From the aircraft memorabilia on the walls (including the obligatory Blue Angels autographed photo and the tail rotor from a UH-1 helicopter) to the clientèle, this hideaway drips with the nostalgia of hundreds of similar small town airport gathering places that are now long gone.

The waitresses call most patrons by name and know what they like to eat. The service is quick and the food is tasty. I had a friend who traveled the US for business nearly 100% of the time. He told me that his secret for good food in a unfamiliar city was finding that "hole in the wall" place in each town that the locals know. These places, he said, eschew fancy trappings for great food and hospitality. Bob's Airport Cafe is such a place.

The purpose of the trip was to have my plane's bi-annual pitot-static certification at Ross Aviation. Gil Ross does a very thorough job and the price is reasonable, about half of what a large airport avionics shop would charge. Gil loaned me the golf cart and off I went to the Cafe. An added surprise, while savoring my Ortega Beef sandwich with fries, was open access to the Internet courtesy of "Fly Corona" FBO next door. Not sure if they know their signal is accessible in the Cafe, but I, for one, would like to express my appreciation.

Green Earth Day Dos Lagos 2008 in Corona, CA

Yesterday the Plein Air Artists of Riverside Dos Lagos Collection group was invited to paint at the 2nd annual Green Earth Day event at Dos Lagos. We arrived around 7:30 a.m. to set up our booth which were were sharing with PAN and the Riverside Art Museum. Some of the artists brought paintings to hang and sell and each artists was obligated to spend 30 minutes out of their day manning the booth. We had a great day, 3 artists from PAAR sold paintings. This is what we have been working for this past 3 years. We want to be a recognizable group where the public is interested in purchasing our paintings at different events. The artwork was well received by the public, lots of questions were asked, so it was a good day. 30 Artists set up around the festival and painted. I set up around 10 a.m. and painted the painting above. I really was not interested in painting the festival itself, I did this last year and still have the paintings hanging around in my studio. I wanted to paint something that would draw interest from my customers. I walked around and could not keep my eye off the hills behind the tents and the floral garden around the walk way next to the lake. So I took artistic license and cut out the festival and put in what I thought would make a nice painting. After completing the painting, a few other artists were finished also and wanted to go see about getting some lunch. Debbie Kotaka said she found a place in the shopping center that had sweet potato fries and I said, that sounds good to me. Helga, Jordan, Louise and myself walked up to Counters and indeed everyone had the sweet potato fries. Louise and I shared a hamburger as we had dinner reservations that evening to celebrate the day with other artists and didn't want to over indulge ourselves. I was really tired by this time. So I chose to go back and sit at the booth for the afternoon instead of doing another painting. It was nice talking with friends and sharing about our group to interested folks. The Corona Art Association group was set up next to us and they are always a fun group to be around. We closed up the booth around 4 and headed to Fridays with a group of artists. Had a nice casual dinner, talked about the day and our many future events and celebrated the artists who had sold their paintings. Congratulations Judy Schroeder, Joan Coffey and Durre Wasseem. Until next time, ENJOY THE ART.

Youth served at USC Huddle; Corona, CA

Youth served at USC Huddle

...Despite the score, the Huddle's emerging star had to be redshirt freshman Chris Galippo...All the 235-pound middle linebacker from Corona (Anaheim Servite High School) did was make a game-high nine tackles, with six for losses including three sacks, and two fumble recoveries...

...Galippo wasn't the lone redshirt freshman to shine. Quarterback Aaron Corp had a spectacular day, showing far more than simply the final, game-winning scoring pass he threw from 25 yards out to Travon Patterson. On the day, Corp completed 13 of 16 for 158 yards and two touchdowns.

Again, he wasn't alone...

Brokers invited to tour Corona ’s newest 1 million square feet of Class A office space

Brokers invited to tour Corona ’s newest 1 million square feet of Class A office space

City’s upscale restaurants will also offer a tasting event following the tour

The city of Corona and its economic development team will host a broker bus tour on April 24 to preview its Class A office and industrial properties. The tour will familiarize attendees with one of Southern California ’s emerging business destinations, which has 1.4 million square feet of Class A office space in development or under construction. All licensed commercial and industrial brokers who work in Los Angeles , Orange , Riverside and San Bernardino counties are invited to attend.

The event will include a tour of Lakeshore Plaza , West Corona Commerce Center , Thomas Ranch Business Park , Corporate Terrace Plaza , Corona Summit Corporate Center , Corona Pointe Center , Corona Corporate Centre, 2485 Railroad and 1346 Railroad.

Following the tour, a reception will be held at Lakeshore Plaza to give participants a taste of Corona ’s best dining experiences.

All participants will receive a free round of golf to Dos Lagos Golf Course and multiple gifts will be raffled off during the reception.

Previously known for its industrial properties, Corona is emerging as a Class A office hub. With 1.4 million square feet of product coming into the marketplace and its central location to Southern California commerce, Corona is becoming a prime business location.

Thursday, April 24, 2008
1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The reception will begin at 5 p.m.

Attendees are asked to meet at
Lakeshore Plaza at12:30 p.m.
4160 Temescal Canyon Road
Corona , CA 92883

The event is free to all commercial and industrial brokers as listed above and the media.

Thirfty Horse Grand Opening in Norco, CA

Thirfty Horse Grand Opening
4/26/2008 at 10:30 am

960 Sixth Street
Suite 103B
Norco, Ca, 92860

Riverside,Ca: Relaxing in SoCal Car Show at K&N Filters May 4TH

Temecula Valley Players presents Steel Magnolias

Temecula Valley Players are presenting Steel Magnolias at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, opening on May 2nd.

Directed by Terri Miller Schmidt, who also directed last years TVP production of Brighton Beach Memoirs. Revolving around a small Louisianan beauty parlor, Steel Magnolias is a story of a close knit circle of friends whose lives come together in humor and heartbreak.

Tickets: $17; Group rates are available.
Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 1.866.653.8696.

Old Town Community Theater
42051 Main Street, Temecula, CA 92590

May 2, 2008 8:00 pm
May 3, 2008 8:00 pm
May 4, 2008 2:00 pm
May 9, 2008 8:00 pm
May 10, 2008 8:00 pm
May 11, 2008 2:00 pm

'Green' light is on in I.E.

As the "green" movement underscores, our motives don't always have to be pure for the right thing to happen.

What's driving the resurgence in environmentalism is, plain and simply, the economy.

It's why, as gasoline approaches $4 a gallon, I get stopped every other day by someone inquiring about my Toyota Prius (yes, ha ha, it gets 45 miles a gallon).

It's why companies are reminding employees to turn off the lights during off hours, and why energy-efficient light bulbs are flying off of store shelves.

The retailers get it, and smell a different kind of green. With Wal-Mart hawking environmentally friendly pajamas and Dell promising to build the most environmentally sound computer on the planet, Advertising Age magazine wryly asked this past week if Earth Day had become the new Christmas.

Ironically, the greenest of would-be presidents, Al Gore, chose not to run this year, which continues his pattern of unfortunate political timing. Then again, he is cashing in on his 2007 Nobel Prize to the tune of more than $100,000 per speaking engagement.

Yep, it pays to be green. But to quote Jon Lovitz, is that so wrong?

For the Inland Empire, in fact, environmentalism has the potential to become what the microchip industry was to the Silicon Valley. San Bernardino and Riverside counties have formed what's known as the Green Valley Initiative, designed to promote "green technologies with balanced economic and community development."

From wind farms to solar and geothermal research to San Bernardino County's promise to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, the region is poised to create a new and powerful economic base while addressing its reputation as a smog capital.

Why here? Why not? The Inland Empire is in need not only of a bold, new economic driver, but also a way to offset the environmental cost in recent years of more freeways, more cars and more people.

This meshing of green living and greenbacks was hardly what Earth Day's founders envisioned when they staged their first nationwide demonstration 38 years ago Tuesday. But if the result is cleaner air, alternative fuels and more jobs, it seems everyone wins.

Which leads to another kind of green - the envy of communities that don't see what we do.

Fresh & Easy Rolls Out the Green Carpet for Earth Day

Grocer gives away 'bag for life,' launches new green building Web page and
joins The Climate Registry

Fresh & Easy NeighborhoodMarket today announced a series of initiatives in celebration of Earth Day.On Tuesday, the company plans to give away reusable "bags for life" at allFresh & Easy stores and unveil a dedicated green building Web page. The company also announced it recently joined a national greenhouse gas
disclosure group, The Climate Registry, as a "founding reporter."


Bag for Life. In celebration of Earth Day, Fresh & Easy will bag
customers' groceries in reusable "bags for life" for free on Tuesday. The
"bag for life" is larger and more durable than a standard grocery bag and,
if damaged, the company will replace the bag for free, forever. These bags
are made with recycled material and are 100% recyclable. Fresh & Easy
offers its customers two different types of reusable bags, including a
$2.50 canvas bag and the plastic "bag for life," which retails for $.20.

Green Building Web Page. On Tuesday, Fresh & Easy will also launch a
Web page dedicated to the company's green building initiatives. The site
will highlight Fresh & Easy's green building practices and incorporate a
real time green energy meter from its 500,000 sq. ft. solar panel on its
Riverside, CA distribution center. The installation was built by Solar
Integrated, a Los Angeles company, and is one of the largest of its kind in
the world. The solar panels power about 30% of the energy used at the
entire facility.

The Climate Registry. Fresh & Easy has joined The Climate Registry
(TCR), an organization that builds and expands the greenhouse gas
measurement and accounting work of the California Climate Action Registry,
a California-based voluntary greenhouse gas reporting organization of which
Fresh & Easy is already a member. TCR extends a common carbon footprint
reporting standard across North America. For more information on TCR,
please visit

"We all have a responsibility to put thought into our impact on the
environment," said CEO Tim Mason. "At Fresh & Easy, we take this
responsibility seriously, and strive to be good stewards of the
environment. Collectively, we all can make a big difference."

Fresh & Easy is also partnering with Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) to demonstrate its commitment to build energy
efficient and sustainable buildings.

Celebrate Tax Day (Blarney Day) in Corona, CA

Francie's Pub on River Road (half a block west of Main) in Corona, CA is again celebrating Tax Day (Blarney Day) this year, this saturday.

Eamonn and the Ravens/California Celts will be entertaining.

Come kilted (they said so).

State Senate's GOP Inland Empire/desert primary could center on Corona

The State Senate 37th District covers Riverside County outside the city of Riverside and it is an elongated stretch of outer suburbs, desert, the Palm Springs resort cities and higher altitude geography such as Lake Elsinore. It is solidly Republican and has spawned an interesting upcoming GOP primary fight between onetime neighboring assemblymen.

Construction company executive Russ Bogh was Riverside’s District 65 assemblyman from 2001-2006 and now is competing with ex-California Highway Patrol commander and incumbent District 65 Assemblyman John Benoit for the seat being vacated by termed-out State Sen. Jim Battin.

It’s an ex-assemblyman/suburban businessman against an incumbent assemblyman/small town ex-state trooper in a county where suburbs and deserts can blur together. Bogh must reach into the district’s more socially liberal Coachella Valley while Benoit must reach north to its more socially conservative neighborhoods, with one of them needing to win Corona, a district focal point.

“Neither is known in Corona,” said Benoit campaign manager Barry Nestande.

Bogh campaign manager Evan Oneto said Benoit is more familiar to voters in the district’s more remote, stretching-to-Arizona zip codes which are traditionally Republican but vote through a socially liberal/fiscally conservative prism.

“He does represent the desert,” Oneto said of Benoit, who won his assembly seat in 2002. “He’s obviously got more inroads there.”

Nestande, a Palm Desert resident, said candidates with police backgrounds play well in Palm Springs because, “everyone’s retired out here, public safety is huge.”

Bogh is endorsed by Battin, a longtime friend, plus Cathedral City’s termed-out Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, a Battin protégé. But the more interesting endorsements include Bogh’s nod from Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco and the county’s rank-and-file police and firefighters plus some fiscally conservative legislators.

“Fiscal conservatives and public safety - those are obviously the two biggest,” said Bogh’s Oneto.

The law enforcement endorsements seem more of a split vote.

For 13 years before joining the Assembly, Benoit was the CHP area commander in Indio. Through long professional ties, he has secured endorsements from two dozen current or former local police chiefs and other fire, sheriff and CHP leadership.

Bogh’s public safety endorsements include a dozen organizations that are mostly police and firefighter associations which negotiate police and fire contracts.

“Those ‘associations’ are another word for unions,” said Benoit’s Nestande.

Painting for the Dos Lagos Collection 2008 in Corona, CA

This year Mr. Sahabi would like 30 artists to paint for his Dos Lagos Collection. Last year we were invited to paint at the two man made lakes during the one day Green Earth Day event. The pressure was on to get a good painting for his collection. Later in the summer he invited all the artists and their families to a lovely dinner celebration. I was unable to attend because of a previous commitment but everyone had a wonderful time. This year Mr. Sahabi wanted the artist to paint his up and coming golf course. The entrance to the golf course is across the street from his Dos Lago Shopping center and lakes. Joan Coffey set up the times for 8 artist to come out to the Golf Course and be taken by golf cart to 1 of 4 locations. We were each given 2 days. The first day I was given was on a Wed. It was a chilly morning, but sunny. The nice gal that carted us around asked me what I like to paint and I said I would like to paint the creek. Unfortunately to keep the artists safe from flying golf balls from the golfers we had a lot of restrictions. I had to paint from a bridge that actually went over the water. Not getting much of a view I decided to paint the green of hole #9. The shadows when I arrived were in front of me and along the creek bed by the line of cottonwood trees. I thought this made for a good composition. After finishing the painting I decided to put in the rock quarry that was in the distance. I figured if I ever painted this scene again, that would certainly be the difference. The trucks and large equipment worked all day which I am assuming they do this every day. So the chances of that mountain being in the distance in the future will be slim to none. The golfers came and went during the time I was painting. I did manage to capture a couple of them on the green putting and their cart in the distance. The next day I was able to paint was the following Monday after a weekend at the Afghan Hound Club of California specialty and Hound Classic. Boy had the weather changed. It was scorching hot. I wanted to get through the painting quickly in the morning as I knew we were expecting 97 degrees that day. Louise Smith painted along side of me. I opted to go to the back side of the golf course and up in the mountains that overlooked the fairways of #16. I liked the formations of the mountain and the way the cut into the mountain for the fairway. The man made lake was on the side and the mountains in the distance had special interest and color. I am not sure which painting I will turn in to Mr. Sahabi. Right now I like them both equally, so I am asking opinions. Whichever painting is left over, I am sure my son Matthew will love to add the other one to his collection of golf course paintings. So let me hear your comments. Sometimes an artist that has worked on paintings cannot see a first impression like others. So what is your first impression. The first painting is hole #9, second is fairway #16. The painting at the end of this post is from last years Dos Lagos. The 30 artists chosen this year for the collection will be painting at Green Earth Day this Sat. April 19, 2008. Hope to see you there. Look for the PAAR booth which will carry some paintings from the 30 artists.

A New Role For ISPA Chairman Jim Root; Glen Ivy Resorts

International SPA Association Chairman Jim Root is the new President of Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa in Corona, Calif ( This consummate spa professional brings more than 30 years of experience to Glen Ivy, which has been a member of ISPA since 1993.

As President of Glen Ivy (, Root will have direct responsibility for all day-to-day operations of the company's four locations, which includes the hot springs spa and three day spas. “New beginnings are perfect opportunities for a revival of the soul,” said Root. “It’s an honor to be working with such highly-esteemed spa professionals as Glen Ivy Founder John Gray and the staff he has put together. I’m in good company at Glen Ivy as John is a past director on the ISPA Board and continues to be a supportive member.”

Gray added, “All of us at Glen Ivy feel proud and fortunate to have Jim Root as our corporation's new president. Jim adds deep industry expertise and experience, his unending enthusiasm, and his light heart and great smile to the long Glen Ivy tradition of elevating life experience for guests and employees. Jim will help us continue to fulfill our dreams.”

Root has enjoyed a career in spa and hospitality management at some of the leading resort and destination spas in Europe, Asia, Mexico and the United States. He most recently served as the General Manager of Spa Operations at Sea Island Resorts in Georgia. This graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration also held positions at Miraval Live in Balance in Ariz., Meadowood Napa Valley in Calif., and Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico.

CT Realty Buys 6-Building Complex in Corona for $10.85M

Multifamily Property at 915 S. Smith Fetches $130,723 Per Unit

CT Realty Corp. sold Corona Village at 901 -915 S. Smith Ave. in Corona, CA, to The Korda Group for $10.85 million, or about $130,723 per unit.

Corona Village is a six-building, 83-unit garden style property totaling 68,890 square feet. The seller reportedly spent roughly $12,000 per unit on interior and exterior renovations from the time of its acquisition (November 2003) until the offering period. The seller's capitalization rate was based on gross scheduled income using rents at the time of sale. It is reported that no deferred maintenance or conditions to the sale impacted the final sales price.

Freeway Construction Updates: Green River Road and Magnolia


Construction crews continue work on the $21 million Green River Road Interchange Project. Construction crews will be working on mainline SR-91 and on the Green River Road Bridge next week. Lane closures are required at both locations. Lane closure information for next week is as follows:

Monday 4/21 & Tuesday 4/22
8 am - 4 pm
Green River Road Bridge Up to two lanes closed with flagging

Monday 4/21
8 pm - 3 am
Westbound SR-91 HOV, #1, #2 lanes

Tuesday 4/22
10 pm - 4 am
Eastbound SR-91 Both HOV lanes & #1 lane


Caltrans continues operations on this $14 million interchange improvement project. Crews will be excavating the center median on I-15 next week at night within the project limits. See below for updated information.

Northbound I-15

Monday, April 21st thru Friday, April 25th
8 PM to 5 AM
Two center lanes closed Southbound I-15

Monday, April 21st thru Friday, April 25th
9 PM to 5 AM
Two center lanes closed

Inland Empire Auto Show Quickly Establishing Itself as a Top Auto Show Player in Southern California

The 2008 Inland Empire Auto Show (IEAS), San Bernardino and Riverside Counties' top destination location for auto enthusiasts, today announced some exciting news about this year's main attractions. Coming off a successful rebirth of the IE Auto Show in 2007, the IE Auto Show is back in 2008 and is literally bigger and better.

Making west coast debuts at the IE Auto Show are the Chevy Traverse (seen at the Chicago Auto Show), the 2009 Nissan Maxima (recently seen at the New York Auto Show), and the production version of the Dodge Challenger (from the Chicago Auto Show).

The 2008 Inland Empire Auto Show will make its mark this year as being more than just a typical auto show. It will become the launching pad for other southern California-based automotive lifestyle events and groups as well. Extreme Autofest will be bringing 150 of its lifestyle tuner cars to the show giving the IE Show more tuner cars onsite than any other southland auto show.

Extreme Motorsports Expo will be showcasing a host of its sand rails and off-road buggies. This year the Extreme Motorsports team will be debuting the "Ball of Steel" pitting motorcycle's most aggressive riders against the hardest walls of the "Ball of Steel."

Formula D Drifting Champion Samuel Hubinette will be showcasing his newest race car -- the Mopar Dodge Charger. HKS USA will highlight its 350Z Motorsports race car and Zero Motorcycles will be displaying its all-new electric dirt bike.

Corona-based West Coast Customs will be showcased this year and featuring a series of its custom cars. West Coast Customs, most known for developing the highly popular show, "Pimp My Ride," will be showcasing some of its best custom creations. The West Coast Crew will be onsite making a special appearance and signing autographs at the 2008 Inland Empire Auto Show (schedule permitting).

Back by popular demand is the Inland Empire Auto Show's Green Street. With growing interest in alternative fuel vehicles, the Green Street has moved outside of the convention center where manufacturers will be pairing their green cars with green homes.

Show participants to date include:

o GMC o Chevrolet o Buick
o Pontiac o Saturn o Hummer
o Cadillac o Saab o Toyota
o Lexus o Honda o Acura
o Kia o Nissan o Chrysler
o Jeep o Dodge o Scion
o Lincoln o Mercury o Mercedes
o Volkswagen o Ford (dealer) Benz (dealer)
o Kia o Smart

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit the IEAS official Web site at

Riverside Children’s Theatre - May 3rd, INTERPRETED performance

The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland


Fridays, May 2nd and May 9th at 7:00PM
Saturdays, May 3rd and May 10th at 1:00 and 7:00PM
ONLY INTERPRETED DATE: Saturday, May 3rd 1:00PM


University of California, Riverside Theatre
900 University Avenue, Riverside, Building 498A

(Follow the directional signs from the entrance of campus to park in lot 6. Parking is included in the cost of your ticket.)

Where to buy tickets:

Either email Mary Angoorani at or Lisa Chute
at or go to these stores: Alin Party Supply, Capezio Dance,
Imagine That!, and Mr. D’s.

How much?

Advance ticket $10.00 and $12.00 at the door
Group/Tour sales: (951) 351-9871

Jacuzzi Signs for New HQ at Opus Project in Chino Hills

Jacuzzi Brands Corp. has signed a lease with developer Opus West to relocate the corporation's headquarters into 30,813 sf at the Irvine-based developer's new Shoppes at Chino Hills office space in Chino Hills. The six-year office lease is one of the largest ever signed in the Chino Valley.
Jacuzzi's space will be in the office portion of the 750,000-sf master-planned Shoppes at Chino Hills project, a lifestyle center that will incorporate retail, office and a new civic center in Chino Hills. The hot tub maker is slated to occupy the space in August in a relocation of its world headquarters from nearby Chino to the second level of the Shoppes project.

The Jacuzzi headquarters will sit atop retailers. It will include a luxury showroom, a private entry, operable windows, a balcony overlooking the Chino Valley and immediate access to more than 70 retailers set to open their doors in May 23, according to Jeff Hill, vice president of real estate development at Opus West.

Taylor Ing and Michael Day of CB Richard Ellis represented both Opus West and Jacuzzi. The Opus West project was designed by architect Altoon+Porter and is situated on 50 acres. It will feature a 400,000-sf regional center, 60,000 sf of office space built over retail, 250 units of housing, a new civic center, a community library and a police station.

The overall concept of the 750,000-sf master plan is to create a downtown that includes outdoor shopping along landscaped streets, allowing parking adjacent to stores. One component of the site will be designed as a pedestrian-only promenade with shaded seating areas and fountains.

Opus West cites a number of factors driving the demand for the center, including a growing Chino Hills population, housing density and upscale demographics that have attracted 50 retailers and restaurants to the Shoppes at Chino Hills.

In addition to Jacuzzi, the tenant roster includes H&M, Barnes & Noble, Banana Republic,, Trader Joe’s,, American Eagle Outfitters, Lululemon Athletica, Sunglass Hut, Jos A. Bank, Gymboree, the Walking Co., Active, Pinkberry,, Aveda Salon, J. Jill, PacSun, Chico’s, White HouseBlack Market, New York & Co., Ann Taylor Loft, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works and others.

Restaurants include the Yard House, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, California Pizza Kitchen and Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill.

207,000-SF Project Lands 69,000-SF Prelease in Riverside, CA

The Main & Garner Business Park, a joint venture of the Los Angeles-based Obayashi Group and Torrance-based Tuffli Co., has signed job training nonprofit organization Ability Counts Inc. to a 10-year lease for 68,678 sf at the 206,902-sf industrial park. The new development is under way at Garner Road and Main Street in Riverside.
The project is being marketed by Milo Lipson and Ryan Velasquez of the Inland Empire office of Grubb & Ellis. The new development comprises six freestanding buildings ranging in size from 21,911 sf to 68,678 sf. It broke ground in the second week of March with completion slated for November 2008.

Ability Counts Inc.provides employment and job training for individuals with developmental disabilities in the greater Corona, Riverside and Redlands areas. It is the first tenant to commit to the Main & Garner project and will be relocating from leased space in Riverside when its new building is complete.
The Main & Garner Business Park is the development group's second project in the immediate area. The group completed a five-building development on the other side of Main Street in 2006.
The new project is part of one of the nation's busiest industrial leasing markets, according to the latest market survey from Grubb & Ellis, which shows that the year-end 2007 vacancy rate was 4.8% in the Inland Empire, up about 40 basis points from 2006. Total sale and leasing activity registered 30.3 million sf for the year, nearly identical to the 30.1 million sf in 2006. Grubb & Ellis calls the Inland Empire, “ever a leasing market,” pointing out that of the 596 user transactions in 2007, 420 were leases.